We've all heard it. You hear it sitting in the stands at a horse show, standing in line at the local tack shop, or riding along the trail with a group of friends. It's got to be the most repeated phrase in the horse world... "My horse is perfect, except..." Regardless of the 'except,' I have come to see that those imperfections we find in our horse's training and behavior stem from a few basic problems in our horsemanship and our relationship with our horses.
I feel horsemanship is a key factor in becoming an accomplished roper. It is the better horsemen who are able to get the most out of their horses and make the most consistent runs, time after time. Overall horsemanship, in my opinion, is a good understanding of the different parts of horsemanship.
I have a 7 year old paint mare named 'Lacey Calico Doll.' I show her in English and Western Pleasure. BUT she does not really have a good head set! I have trained her so that when I do a see-saw on the reins she puts a head down but then she puts her head back up again! I tried doing it harder and then softer, but it does not work! I sometimes ride with a surcingle on or put her in the arena with it on her. She sometimes bucks too, because she's moody. It's a GIRL thing. (hehe) Can you help me...
If a horse is slowly introduced to jumping, and brought along patiently with an attention to basic skills, it should turn out to be an honest, dependable mount. Sure, there may be an instance or two when it refuses a jump. Yet usually that's due to the horse being placed at an impossible take-off spot. But what about the "dirty stopper"?
No matter what future plans you have for your Thoroughbred, you need to be prepared to spend a lot of time on rudimentary flat work before you start whatever specialized training he needs for his future career. In the long run, you will be rewarded by a horse who is physically and mentally fit to try a new sport, rather than one who is body sore, nervous or frightened, and rank due to being rushed through the early stages of their training.
by Sheri Forrest The hackamore. It's no gimmick or shortcut, and it certainly isn't for the hasty or impatient horseman. For some who have taken the time to master its language, this fabled piece of tack has helped produce many extraordinary equine athletes and legendary training programs.
Many riders chose not to wear a helmet for their own reasons: too hot, too cumbersome, flattens the hair, etc. But like anything else, you should get all the information before you make you decision. Here's what a helmet does: The helmet's job is to provide a stopping distance between your head and the ground.
There is no shortage of topics to discuss in the horse world. Yet few engender such forceful opinions as a debate over the use of draw reins and whether they help or hinder the schooling of a horse. Like many debates, there may be no absolute right or wrong. Each individual has to weigh the impassioned anecdotes before choosing sides.
Anna Twinney spends a lot of time on airplanes. Internationally known as a horse whisperer, animal communicator and energy healer, she’s booked solid up to 18 months in advance. Earlier in 2016 an invitation came from the Chinese branch of the American Quarter Horse Association for Anna to please come to Beijing and Mongolia. They […]
by Wendy Murdoch Do you have trouble steering your horse or he throws up his head when you use the reins? Do your shoulders feel stuck or jammed or your upper body tips forward or your back arches even when you